La Traviata


By Giuseppe Verdi
November 11, 13, 16, 22, 25, 27, 30; December 3, 2022


Her love was never for sale.

Fame. Power. Fortune. Violetta Valéry has it all as Paris’ most admired courtesan. But never has she allowed herself to experience true love. All that changes when a naive young man enters her Paris salon and offers her a romance full of tenderness and compassion. But can their love ever be free from the social stigmas of her past?

Music Director Eun Sun Kim leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and chorus in Shawna Lucey's sumptuous new vision of Verdi's masterpiece—the first new production of La Traviata built by San Francisco Opera's own craftspeople since 1987.

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Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Sung in Italian with English supertitles


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Approximately 3 hours including two intermissions

Why You Should See It

It’s the opera that makes Julia Roberts cry in Pretty Woman—and its story has inspired artists from Sofia Coppola to Baz Luhrmann, whose film Moulin Rouge! shares its DNA.

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Friday 11/11/22 7:30PM
Sunday 11/13/22 2:00PM
Wednesday 11/16/22 7:30PM
Tuesday 11/22/22 7:30PM
Friday 11/25/22 7:30PM
Sunday 11/27/22 2:00PM
Wednesday 11/30/22 7:30PM
Saturday 12/03/22 7:30PM


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The Buzz

Read what the press has said about the stars of the production.

"Italian baritone Simone Piazzola, [...] as Alfredo’s father Giorgio Germont, displayed a true baritone with an intensity of tone that appears to be very well suited to the big Verdi roles. He is an artist to watch."
-Arts Beat LA

"The high notes posed no problem, but unlike many tenors who essay the role, [Jonathan] Tetelman had the heft and color to carry the lower portions."
-Opera News

"Pretty Yende was the star of the evening... Looking like a younger sister of Naomi Campbell, this media favorite has everything needed to be the people’s Violetta of the twenty-first century."
-Opera News


There was no place for love in Violetta Valéry’s life as a popular Paris courtesan. But then Alfredo Germont walked into her salon—turning both of their worlds upside down.

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Cast and Creative

Violetta Valéry Pretty Yende *
Alfredo Germont Jonathan Tetelman *
Giorgio Germont Simone Piazzola *
Baron Douphol Philip Skinner
Flora Bervoix Taylor Raven


November 11, 13, 16, 22, 25, 27, 30; December 3, 2022

Conductor Eun Sun Kim
Director Shawna Lucey
Production Designer Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting Designer Michael Clark
Choreographer John Heginbotham
Chorus Director John Keene
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Previous performances of La Traviata can be found in our Archive.

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Barbara A. Wolfe; Jerome L. and Thao N. Dodson; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; the Edmund W. and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Fund; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; and the Thomas Tilton Production Fund.

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